Fans Do Not Approve Of Manchester City's Digital Flags At Etihad Stadium
Flags and banners are part of the identity and personality of a stadium and so when fans spotted Manchester City having an 'electronic' take on things last night, it caused a stir on social media.
Ever since City made the move from Maine Road in 2003, the middle section of the Etihad Stadium has featured banners dedicated to players past and present.
But the club elected to change things up in 2014 when they introduced a new LED screen that goes around the whole second tier of the ground.
At the time City stated that the screens would "enhance the matchday experience for fans inside the stadium" but it also meant that traditional flags could no longer be hung at level two.
Efforts were made to ensure exact replicas of previous flags were digitised but with plenty of people are not in favour with the approach.
The 1894 Group, an independent section of City fans, regularly organise displays and flags for special occasions to get it going at the Etihad but even they likely won't approve of the tinpot electronic versions.
In 2016, a section of Torino ultras could be seen holding up a City Joe Hart flag that had been sent over by the 1894 Group when he was on loan there and the display looked brilliant.
City fans proudly bring their banners while watching the club away from home and all over Europe but unfortunately it's a different kettle of fish at home.